The Dutch philosopher Erasmus was born on this date in 1466. He was a true believer in being open-minded and was open every day of the year except Christmas and New Years.
The very first college in America, Harvard University, opened its doors on this date in 1636.
  • Naturally, their football team went undefeated that year.
  • Up until that time, being a "Harvard Man" meant nothing. It was the only university in the new world for a long time.
  • When you said you were a Harvard man, it just meant you were going to college.
  • The first fraternity on campus was Mya Daddy's Richa.

In 1726, "Gulliver's Travels" was published for the first time. Author Jonathon Swift thanked all the little people who made the book possible.
Captain James Cook was born on this date in 1728. He was the early explorer best known for having a cheap champagne named after him.
On this date in 1793, Eli Whitney applied for a patent for the cotton gin. Workers didn't really excited until years later, when he invented the cotton gin martini.
The Statue of Liberty is dedicated way way back in 1886 -- Yeah, Lady Liberty has been here a long time.
  • That was back in the days when the French gave us a gift, they gave us the statue of an entire woman. Today, they'd just give us the finger.
  • President Grover Cleveland dedicated the Statue of Liberty in 1886. She still carries the torch.
  • Many people were surprised to find out that it was a gift from France.
  • It was a gift from France, but because it came in pieces, at first we thought it was from IKEA.

On this date in 1904, St. Louis Police began using a new investigation method called fingerprints. On that same day, criminals began using a new device they called, "gloves."
In 1929, a baby was born on board an airplane for the very first time. And you thought having a little kid kick the back of your seat was annoying.

On this date in 1965, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis was completed. If you've never seen it, it looks like a rainbow without colors.


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